Youth Gangs as Pseudo-Governments: Implications for Violent Crime

@inproceedings{Sobel2006YouthGA,
  title={Youth Gangs as Pseudo-Governments: Implications for Violent Crime},
  author={Russell S. Sobel and Brian J. Osoba},
  year={2006}
}
We hypothesize that the failure of government to protect the rights of individuals from violence committed by youths has led to the formation of youth gangs as protective agencies. Our theory predicts an opposite direction of causality between gang activity and violent crime from what is widely accepted. While areas with more gang activity also have more violence, our results suggest that gangs form as protection agencies precisely in areas with high violent crime rates. While gangs, like… CONTINUE READING

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